Shanghai Municipality: Parliamentary Administration Training and Anti-Corruption and ethics within Government

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Client: Shanghai Municipality

Programme: Parliamentary Administration Training and Anti-Corruption and ethics within Government

(Delivered in London, UK, 2011)

The client

Through partners, Dods Training was approached by government officials from the Shanghai Municipality to devise and deliver a three day programme looking at parliamentary and government administration and the prevention of corruption. As well as the Chief Executive of the Society of Procurement Officers, we also had a leading Conservative MP and a senior member of the media present to the delegation.

The problem

The focus of the 3 day programme was a blend of understanding the Westminster Parliamentary system and identifying corruption in the public sector. The delegation of officials wanted a programme which would provide an in-depth exploration of UK structures and processes of parliamentary and government administration whilst also making the context relevant so that best practice could be learned upon and applied in the context of Shanghai. The programme therefore needed to take stock of UK best practice but also provide plenty of opportunity for cross-comparison with China to enable participants to take structures for tackling corruption back to Shanghai.

The delegation wanted to improve participants’ understanding of what constitutes corruption, examine the UK structures for tackling corruption, expand participants understandings of best practice in joined-up counter corruption, how government is held to account and enable participants to develop key contacts within the UK.

Our actions

Dods Training devised a programme split across three days to meet the demands of the client. Day one focused on the UK Structural, Supervisory and Statutory Framework, day two on the legislative and judicial practice of corruption prevention in the UK and day three emphasised best practise in coordinating anti-corruption in the UK.

Within the framework of programme, the course also focused on key institutions and bodies in the UK tasked public administration in preventing and tackling corruption. This included the National Fraud Authority, National Audit Office and the work of Transparency International.

The programme also featured guest speaker sessions from legal experts on important pieces of legislation, journalists on the influence of the media and prominent academics on the UK expenses scandal and other turning points which have influenced policy on the payment of public figures and the expenditure of public money.